BEND, OR -- Deschutes County officials are considering whether to support the nomination of the Central Oregon Canal for the National Register of Historic Places. The 3.5-mile stretch of canal between Ward and Gosney roads in southeast Bend is said to be significant due to its influence on the development of the region, more than a hundred years ago.
The County Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) discussed the nomination Monday night. The HLC did not make a recommendation on the nomination, deciding instead to spend more time reviewing the application and consider testimony. They're expected to submit comments to the State Historic Preservation Office by October 9. Martin says it’s all part of a process. "We also have a work session scheduled before the Board of County Commissioners (Wednesday) to brief them on the nomination and provide them with an update on the Landmarks Commission. But, also, as the elected officials, they are afforded similar opportunity to provide comments."
He says that input is important in the final stages. "What I’ve heard from the State Preservation office is they value public input and in particular local public input; because they have the local knowledge and understanding of the conditions, the history, etc. So, they really rely on, in part, the local entities to provide that local context." Martin tells KBND News, "The State Advisory Committee On Historic Preservation will review the nomination on October 20. Following that meeting, if they make a recommendation, there is a 90-day comment period held by the State Historic Preservation Office. Following that time period, the state’s recommendation is then forwarded to the National Parks Service. They will review it and ultimately provide a final decision within 45 calendar days." He says a final decision from the Parks Service could come in six months, or so.